Spring Tour

Itinerary:

07-15 April 2018, Price€1400.00 (include a boat trip) – ( Places available).

08-18 April 2019, Price€1400.00 (include a boat trip) – (Places available).

Day 1: Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel to overnight.

Day 2: We will start at Fintas Park, where we are expected to see the Rüppell’s Weaver, Semi-collared Flycatcher, White-eared Bulbul, Lesser Whitethroat, Barred Warbler, Hume’s Whitethroat. Then we drive to Abu Hasaniya for the Lesser and Greater Crested TernsLesser and Greater Sand Plovers, Slender-billed Gull, Common Black-headed Gull, Great Black-headed Gull and Caspian Gull. Our next stop would be the famous Green Island trying to find the HypocoliusRed-vented Bulbul, and the Rüppell’s Weaver. We will then drive along the coast to Souq Sharq to search for more gulls, terns and waders. We will continue north to Shuwaikh Free Trade Zone, the Hospitals area and Sulaibikhat Bay up to Jahra East Outfall. Birds expected to be seen include; House Crow, Greater Flamingo, Squacco Heron, Grey Heron, Western Great Egret, Indian Reef Heron, Great Cormorant, Western Osprey, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Crab-plover (scarce in April), Black-winged Stilt, Pied Avocet, Grey Plover, Common Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Lesser Sand PloverGreater Sand Plover, Common Snipe, Bar-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Ruff, Red-necked Phalarope, Grey Phalarope (rare), Collared Pratincole, Slender-billed Gull, Common Black-headed Gull, Great Black-headed Gull, Caspian Gull, Heuglin’s Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Sandwich Tern, Little Tern, Common Tern, Whiskered Tern, Eurasian Collared Dove and Laughing Dove.

Day 3: We will start at the famous wetland of Kuwait, the Jahra Pools Reserve. Birds expected there include Purple Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Little Bittern, Ferruginous Duck, Little Grebe, Little Crake, Water Rail, Grey-headed Swamphen, Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Red-wattled Lapwing (scarce), White-tailed Lapwing, Eurasian Penduline Tit (scarce), Little Ringed Plover, Common Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Pallid Swift, Red-rumped Swallow, Marsh Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Steppe Eagle, Eastern Imperial EagleGreater Spotted Eagle, European Roller, White-throated KingfisherBlue-cheeked Bee-eater, European Bee-eater, Common Cuckoo, Eurasian Hoopoe, Indian Reed Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Eurasian Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Namaqua Dove, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Upcher’s Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Tawny Pipit, White-throated Robin, Eastern Nightingale, Caspian Stonechat,  Byzantine Stonechat, Long-legged Buzzard, Steppe Buzzard, Graceful Prinia, Turkestan ShrikeDaurian Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Mauryan (Steppe) Grey Shrike. We will then visit Jahra Farms for the White-throated Kingfisher, Common and Bank Mayna, Caucasian Water Pipit, Red-rumped Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Red-throated Pipit, Tree Pipit, Richard’s Pipit, Crested Lark, Citrine Wagtail, Yellow-headed Wagtail (lutea), Black-headed Wagtail, Grey-headed Wagtail, White-headed Wagtail (rare). Our next destination would be Mutla’a Ranch, expected birds there include White-throated Robin, Caspian Stonechat, Pied Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Caucasian Water Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Red-throated Pipit, Tree Pipit, Richard’s Pipit, Crested Lark, Citrine Wagtail, Yellow-headed Wagtail (lutea), Black-headed Wagtail, Grey-headed Wagtail, White-headed Wagtail (rare), Pale RockfinchYellow-throated Sparrow, Whinchat, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Crested Lark, Eurasian Sparrowhawk.

Day 4: On this day, we will be visiting Abdali Farms for the Afghan Babbler, where we might also see the Red-wattled Lapwing, Graceful Prinia, White-throated Robin, Upcher’s WarblerEastern Olivaceous Warbler, Long-legged Buzzard, Steppe Buzzard, Pallid Harrier, Hoopoe Lark, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Greater Short-toed Lark, Namaqua Dove. After birding in Abdali we will leave towards Liah Reserve. Liah Reserve is an open desert, but there is also a long row of mesquite trees that attracts migrants. An artificial pool also there surrounded by bushes. In the open desert, we are expected to find Hoopoe Lark, Lesser and Greater Short-toed Lark, Bar-tailed Lark and Crested Lark. Whereas birds around the mesquite trees include migrant shrikes, Upcher’s and Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Barred Warbler, White-throated Robin, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Eastern Nightingale, Eurasian Hoopoe, Asian Desert Warbler, Ménétries’s Warbler and Pale Rockfinch. If we have time we will visit Kabd Reserve to see Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark, we will also have a chance to see some migrants that include Plae Rockfinch, WheatearBlack-eared and Pied wheatears, Northern Wheatear, Corn Bunting, Eurasian Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Masked Shrike, Mauryan (Steppe) Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Upcher’s Warbler, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Common Cuckoo, Eastern Nightingale, Hume’s Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, and Common and Lesser Kestrel.

Day 5: We will head directly to Al-Abraq, an oasis in the middle of the desert, a magnet for birds. Birds expected include Basra Reed Warbler, Eurasian Hobby, Steppe Buzzard, Upcher’s Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Semi-collared Flycatcher, Steppe Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Lesser and Greater Short-toed Lark, Pallid Harrier, Pallid Swift, Lesser Whitethroat, Pale Rockfinch, Red-throated Pipit, White-throated Robin, Great Reed Warbler, Sykes’s Warbler, Turkestan Shrike, Red-backed Shrike. We then drive through the desert in search of Temminck’s Lark, Hoopoe Lark, Desert Lark, Greater and Lesser Short-toed Lark and Bar-tailed Lark. In our way back, we will stop at the United Poultry Co. to search for migrants in the pivot fields and the surrounding trees. Then we go to Al-shallal’s Farm to search for migrants and we will do some birding along the fence of SAANR if time allows.

Day 6: Early in the morning we will visit either Kuwait Zoo or Al-Shaheed Park for the Indian Silverbill, and do general birding there expected birds include Hypocolius, Common Mayna, Barred Warbler, Semi-collared Flycatcher. We then visit Pivot Fields (from outside) where we are expected to see Eastern Imperial Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Eurasian Hobby, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Black-winged Pratincole, Common Pratincole, Namaqua Dove, Desert Wheatear, Black-eared and Pied wheatears, Northern Wheatear, Corn Bunting, Eurasian Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Masked Shrike, Mauryan (Steppe) Grey Shrike and Woodchat Shrike. We then go to Mutla’a Ridge and explore the area there, after that we will visit Mutla’a Ranch and end the day there.

Day 7: We will do general birding at Jahra Pools Reserve, Jahra Farms, Jahra East Outfall at high tide.

Day 8: We will be having a boat trip to see the Bridled Tern, White-cheeked Tern, Socotra Cormorant, but before that we will visit Fahaheel Park for migrant which include Eastern NightingaleSemi-collared Flycatcher, and then drive south to Nuwaiseeb Lycium bushes in search of Kurdistan Wheatear (scarce), expected birds would include wheatears and White-throated Robin, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Blue Rock Thrush, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Ménétries’s Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Humes’s Whitethroat, Asian desert Warbler, White-eared Bulbul, Hypocolius and shrikes. If we have time we will stop at the abandoned Zour village in search of migrants and end the day there

Day 9: Say good bye and transfer to the airport.

Note: Since the boat trip depends on weather, it will commence on any day of the trip.

Updated on 15 Sep 2017.

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A List of Expected Species to Be Seen (175-200)

The list below for species that are expected to be seen during the tour, excluding unexpected and extremely vagrant ones. For a full list of Kuwait’s birds click here.

* Unlikely to be seen. ** Highly unlikely.

*Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna 

Gadwall Anas strepera 

Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope 

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata 

Northern Pintail Anas acuta 

Garganey Anas querquedula 

Eurasian Teal Anas crecca 

Common Pochard Aythya ferina 

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 

*Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula 

Common Quail Coturnix coturnix 

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 

Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus 

*Black Stork Ciconia nigra 

Western White Stork Ciconia ciconia 

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus 

Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia 

Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus 

Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 

Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 

Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 

Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 

Western Great Egret Ardea alba 

Little Egret Egretta garzetta 

Indian Reef Heron Egretta gularis schistacea 

Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis 

Continental Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax sinensis 

Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus 

*Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus 

*European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus 

*Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus 

*Eurasian Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus 

*Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus 

Short-toed Snake Eagle Circaetus gallicus 

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga 

Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus 

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis 

Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca 

*Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila fasciatus 

*Asian Shikra Accipiter (badius) cenchroides 

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 

**Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis 

Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 

Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus 

Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus 

Black-eared Kite Milvus (migrans) lineatus 

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus 

Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus 

Water Rail Rallus aquaticus 

Corncrake Crex crex 

*Baillon’s Crake Zapornia pusilla 

Little Crake Zapornia parva 

Spotted Crake Porzana porzana 

Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio) poliocephalus 

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 

Eurasian Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus 

Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus 

Crab-plover Dromas ardeola 

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 

Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta 

**Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus 

Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus 

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus 

*Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva 

Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola

Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 

Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius 

Kentish Plover Anarhynchus alexandrinus 

Lesser Sand Plover Anarhynchus atrifrons 

Greater Sand Plover Anarhynchus leschenaultii 

Caspian Plover Anarhynchus asiaticus 

*Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus 

*Great Snipe Gallinago media 

Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 

Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa 

Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica 

Eurasian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus 

Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata 

Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 

Common Redshank Tringa totanus 

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 

Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 

Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia 

Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus 

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus 

Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres 

Sanderling Calidris alba 

Little Stint Calidris minuta 

Dunlin Calidris alpina 

Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea 

Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii 

**Red Knot Calidris canutus 

Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus 

Ruff Philomachus pugnax 

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus 

**Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius 

Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor 

Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola 

Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni 

Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei 

Common Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 

*Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus 

Great Black-headed Gull Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus 

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans 

*Baltic Gull Larus fuscus 

Heuglin’s Gull Larus (fuscus/heuglini) heuglini 

Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica 

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia 

Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii 

Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis 

Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis 

Little Tern Sternula albifrons 

Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus 

Common Tern Sterna hirundo 

White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa 

Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida 

White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus 

Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus 

Feral Pigeon Columba livia forma domestica 

*Common Woodpigeon Columba palumbus 

European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur 

**Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia (orientalis) meena 

Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 

Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis 

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis 

*Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius 

Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus 

*Western Barn Owl Tyto alba 

Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops 

*Pharaoh Eagle Owl Bubo ascalaphus 

*Lilith Owlet Athene (noctua) lilith 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus 

European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus 

Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius 

*Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba 

Common Swift Apus apus 

Pallid Swift Apus pallidus 

**Little Swift Apus affinis 

European Roller Coracias garrulus 

White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis 

*Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis 

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 

European Bee-eater Merops apiaster 

Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops 

Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla 

Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni 

Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 

*Merlin Falco columbarius 

Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo 

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus 

Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri (Category C)

Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus 

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides 

Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor 

Mauryan Grey Shrike Lanius lahotra pallidirostris 

Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator 

Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 

Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus 

House Crow Corvus splendens (Category C)

*Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis 

Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus 

*Eurasian Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus 

Greater Hoopoe-Lark Alaemon alaudipes 

*Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata 

Bar-tailed Lark Ammomanes cinctura 

*Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti 

Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla 

Lesser Short-toed Lark Alaudala rufescens 

*Dunn’s Lark Eremalauda dunni 

Crested Lark Galerida cristata 

*Woodlark Lullula arborea 

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix nigriceps 

Temminck’s Lark Eremophila bilopha 

White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis (Category C)

Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer (Category C)

Sand Martin Riparia riparia 

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 

*Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris 

Common House Martin Delichon urbicum 

Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica 

**Streak-throated Swallow Petrochelidon fluvicola 

*Cetti’s Warbler Cettia cetti 

Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus 

Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 

**Plain Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus neglectus 

**Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler Phylloscopus orientalis 

**Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix 

Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis 

Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus 

Indian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (stentoreus) brunnescens 

Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon 

Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus 

Caspian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (scirpaceus) fuscus 

Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris 

*Sykes’s Warbler Iduna rama 

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Iduna pallida 

Upcher’s Warbler Hippolais languida 

**Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina 

**Eastern Grasshopper Warbler Locustella (naevia) straminea 

Savi’s Warbler Locustella luscinioides 

Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis 

Afghan Babbler Turdoides (caudata) huttoni 

Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla 

*Garden Warbler Sylvia borin 

Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria 

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca 

Hume’s Whitethroat Sylvia althaea 

Eastern Orphean Warbler Sylvia crassirostris 

Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana 

Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis 

Ménétries’s Warbler Sylvia mystacea 

Rüppell’s Weaver Ploceus galbula (Category C)

*Indian Silverbill Lonchura malabarica (Category C)

Bank Myna Acridotheres ginginianus (Category C)

Common Myna Acridotheres tristis (Category C)

Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris 

*Common Blackbird Turdus merula 

Song Thrush Turdus philomelos 

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes 

**Black Scrub Robin Cercotrichas podobe 

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata

European Robin Erithacus rubecula 

Red-spotted Bluethroat Luscinia svecica 

Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia 

Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos 

Eastern Nightingale Luscinia (megarhynchos) golzii 

White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis 

Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata 

**Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva 

*Western Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros 

*Central Asian Black Redstart Phoenicurus (ochruros) phoenicuroides 

Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus 

Common Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis 

Western Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius 

Whinchat Saxicola rubetra 

Caspian Stonechat Saxicola maurus hemprichii 

Byzantine Stonechat Saxicola maurus variegatus 

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe 

Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina 

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti 

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe (hispanica) melanoleuca 

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka 

*Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii 

*Kurdistan Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna 

House Sparrow Passer domesticus 

Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis 

*Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus 

Pale Rockfinch Carpospiza brachydactyla 

Yellow-throated Sparrow Gymnoris xanthocollis 

Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) flava 

Sykes’s Wagtail Motacilla (flava) beema 

*White-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) leucocephala 

Grey-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) thunbergi 

Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) feldegg 

Eastern Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) melanogrisea 

Yellow-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) lutea 

Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola 

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea 

White Wagtail Motacilla alba 

*Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi 

Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris 

Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis 

Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 

Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus 

Caucasian Water Pipit Anthus (spinoletta) coutelli 

Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus 

*Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta 

Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra 

**Grey-necked Bunting Emberiza buchanani 

Eastern Cinereous Bunting Emberiza (cineracea) semenowi 

Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana